Hope IN speaks to the foundation or root of my hope. Hope FOR speaks to what I am desiring. Both IN and FOR contribute to whether my desires are assured hope that I can apply my faith to with expectation or just wishes. (Hebrews 11:1)
There is only ONE place IN which people can put their hope with assurance. Yeshua Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life and no one comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6). Yeshua Jesus is the Word of God (John 1: 1-14). IN HIM we have true hope and can build our hopes.
Ephesians 2: 12-13, “…remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
People in the world without God, have no real hope. They have nothing true and solid to build their hope on. They only have wishes and positive thinking….or false hopes…that will bring disappointment…..and will end in destruction. They belong to the fallen leader of a fallen world. Satan comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He is a liar (John 8:44). He corrupts truth by offering what is desirable and seems good, only with a counterfeit twist (Genesis 3, Matthew 4). He is a deceiver….coming as an angel of light with temptations of fleshly pleasures and worldly riches (2 Corinthians 11:14). His desire is that we trust in, have faith in, believe in, have hope in anything and anyone other than Creator Father, Son Yeshua Jesus, and the Holy Spirit! He provides many good sounding counterfeit substitutes instead of Christ. This is the anti-Christ spirit. (2 John 1:7)
Our only real hope is IN Yeshua Jesus and FOR what He says and promises by His Word. Remember the Rock foundation of our previous study in Matthew 5-7. Yeshua Jesus is the ONLY Solid Rock for us to build our lives on. Remember the hymn “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand” where it says, “my hopes are built on nothing less that Jesus blood and righteousness; no merits of my own I bring but only cling to Jesus name…on Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
Examine WHO you are building your hope ON and WHAT hopes you build. Are they ON and IN Yeshua Jesus and FOR what He has promised in His Word?